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Bane’s late points swing it for Caherlistrane

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Caherlistrane 2-13

St. James’ 1-13

A late surge by Caherlistrane ensured they would come out on top of a close encounter with St. James’ in this winners group encounter on Saturday evening in Athenry, as a key brace of points by the ever reliable Cormac Bane proved enough for the North Galway men.

Having used the prevailing wind well in a highly entertaining first half, with goals at either end of the 30 minutes enough to give them a six point cushion, Caherlistrane were forced to defend for large portions of the second half as St. James’ threw everything they had at them but were unable to add to Tommy Walsh’s first half major.

Terry O’Regan’s side played some fine football but at crucial moments their finishing let them down and they were the lowest scoring (0-7) of the four sides who played with the wind at their backs at Kenny Park on Saturday. Caherlistrane were far more efficient, kicking only four wides in all, and amazingly all of their scores came from play.

When St. James’ got within one point with eight minutes to play, though, they looked the more likely to emerge victorious, but Caherlistrane dug deep and found the answers. Midfielder Shane Bohan kicked an inspirational score before Bane took over with points on 55 and 56 minutes, and although there was still time to respond, St. James’ were unable to unlock the Caherlistrane defence.

St. James’ may well look back on the opening ten minutes as their costliest period, as they struggled to come to terms with the wind when they advanced into Caherlistrane territory, and conceded 1-4 without reply. Ronan Conneely had struck for goal within a minute of the throw in for Caherlistrane, his shot from twenty yards taking a deflection that sent it floating into the top corner beyond the despairing David Curran.

Kevin Nally then added a point before Oisín O’Brien kicked a sweet effort, while Paul Conroy had somehow kicked a free from dead in front of the posts left and wide at the other end. Bane cleverly worked a short free into a better position via Barry McCabe to score before McCabe himself took advantage of a long ball in to stretch their lead to seven.

Thankfully, St. James’ responded well and finally found a score when Eoin Concannon’s free came back off the post and Concannon reacted quickest before fisting over the bar. Mike Fahy then dropped a shot over and Conroy converted a free to make it 1-4 to 0-3, before towering full forward Stephen Lawless kicked a super point for Caherlistrane.

St. James’ were setting up their four forwards almost in a line down the centre of the pitch to try and make the most of the space in either corner, and they were awarded a free for an off-the-ball foul on Alan Murphy as Caherlistrane struggled to cope with their movement. Concannon drove over the free as Johnny Duane moved back into a sweeper role in front of Lawless.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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West has lower cancer survival rates than rest

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Significant state investment is required to address ‘shocking’ inequalities that leave cancer patients in the West at greater risk of succumbing to the disease.

A meeting of Regional Health Forum West heard that survival rates for breast, lung and colorectal cancers than the national average, and with the most deprived quintile of the population, the West’s residents faced poorer outcomes from a cancer diagnosis.

For breast cancer patients, the five-year survival rate was 80% in the West versus 85% nationally; for lung cancer patients it was 16.7% in the west against a 19.5% national survival rate; and in the West’s colorectal cancer patients, there was a 62.6% survival rate where the national average was 63.1%.

These startling statistics were provided in answer to a question from Ballinasloe-based Cllr Evelyn Parsons (Ind) who said it was yet another reminder that cancer treatment infrastructure in the West was in dire need of improvement.

“The situation is pretty stark. In the Western Regional Health Forum area, we have the highest incidence of deprivation and the highest health inequalities because of that – we have the highest incidences of cancer nationally because of that,” said Cllr Parsons, who is also a general practitioner.

In details provided by CEO of Saolta Health Care Group, which operates Galway’s hospitals, it was stated that a number of factors were impacting on patient outcomes.

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Galway minors continue to lay waste to all opponents

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Galway's Aaron Niland is chased by Cillian O'Callaghan of Cork during Saturday's All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Stephen Marken/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-18

Cork 1-10

NEW setting; new opposition; new challenge. It made no difference to the Galway minor hurlers as they chalked up a remarkable sixth consecutive double digits championship victory at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

The final scoreline in Thurles may have been a little harsh on Cork, but there was no doubting Galway’s overall superiority in setting up only a second-ever All-Ireland showdown against Clare at the same venue on Sunday week.

Having claimed an historic Leinster title the previous weekend, Galway took a while to get going against the Rebels and also endured their first period in a match in which they were heavily outscored, but still the boys in maroon roll on.

Beating a decent Cork outfit by 14 points sums up how formidable Galway are. No team has managed to lay a glove on them so far, and though Clare might ask them questions other challengers haven’t, they are going to have to find significant improvement on their semi-final win over 14-man Kilkenny to pull off a final upset.

Galway just aren’t winning their matches; they are overpowering the teams which have stood in their way. Their level of consistency is admirable for young players starting off on the inter-county journey, while the team’s temperament appears to be bombproof, no matter what is thrown at them.

Having romped through Leinster, Galway should have been a bit rattled by being only level (0-4 each) after 20 minutes and being a little fortunate not to have been behind; or when Cork stormed out of the blocks at the start of the second half by hitting 1-4 to just a solitary point in reply, but there was never any trace of panic in their ranks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Gardaí and IFA issue a joint appeal on summer road safety

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Galway IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche

GARDAÍ and the IFA have issued a joint appeal to all road users to take extra care as the silage season gets under way across the country.

Silage harvesting started in many parts of Galway last week – and over the coming month, the sight of tractors and trailers on rural roads will be getting far more frequent.

Inspector Conor Madden, who is in charge of Galway Roads Policing, told the Farming Tribune that a bit of extra care and common-sense from all road users would go a long way towards preventing serious collisions on roads this summer.

“One thing I would ask farmers and contractors to consider is to try and get more experienced drivers working for them.

“Tractors have got faster and bigger – and they are also towing heavy loads of silage – so care and experience are a great help in terms of accident prevention,” Inspector Madden told the Farming Tribune.

He said that tractor drivers should always be aware of traffic building up behind them and to pull in and let these vehicles pass, where it was safe to do so.

“By the same token, other road users should always exercise extra care; drive that bit slower; and ‘pull in’ that bit more, when meeting tractors and heavy machinery.

“We all want to see everyone enjoying a safe summer on our roads – that extra bit of care, and consideration for other roads users can make a huge difference,” said Conor Madden.

He also advised motorists and tractor drivers to be acutely aware of pedestrians and cyclists on the roads during the summer season when more people would be out walking and cycling on the roads.

The IFA has also joined in on the road safety appeal with Galway IFA Farm Family and Social Affairs Chair Teresa Roche asking all road users to exercise that extra bit of care and caution.

“We are renewing our annual appeal for motorists to be on the look out for tractors, trailers and other agricultural machinery exiting from fields and farmyards,” she said.

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